National Panel B

Lourens van der Merwe

Born: 3 February 1977
Married to: Liena
Height: 1.70
Weight: 80 Kg
Home province: Free State - Bloemfontein
School attended: High School S.P.C.R. Swart
Favourite country: South Africa
Favourite food: Boerekos

Rugby history:

Primary School Craven week 1990.

Why You chose to become a referee:

Due to injury

Refereeing history:

Started in 2000

Panel referee in 2001

Elite panel in 2010 - 2015

Super Rugby in 2012

Career highlights:

Varsity Cup Final 2007 and 2016

JWC 2012

First Tier 1 test (Italy v Aus) 2012

Favourite international sportsperson:

Roger Federer

Motivators:

My wife and my brother.

Who would you like to meet:

Roger Federer

Hero/Mentor:

My brother

Advice for new recruits:

Enjoyment should be more than the drive to get to the top

Outside interests:

Squash, gardening and breeding Pitt Bulls.

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